__________________________________________________________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ S P E C T R O P O P __________ __________ __________ __________________________________________________________ Volume #0285 July 2, 1999 __________________________________________________________ Crisp, clear, sparkling -- Perfect even at high volume Subject: Rama lama ding dong & all dat jazz! Received: 06/29/99 11:36 pm From: The Warners, wizxxxxcom.com To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com A few random thoughts... You mention Roger Nichols' song HARD TO SAY GOODBYE; apart from his most famous hits, my favorite Roger Nichols composition is I NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD; written with Paul Williams, the best version by far is by Dobie Gray. Do you know this song? Re: Martin Denny, did you know that the soundtrack of Bruce Willis's next movie is entirely made up of classic Martin Denny recordings? Interesting what you say about the possible influence that maestro Denny and Les Baxter had on The Beach Boys. I'm always fascinated to learn which record labels of the past are favorites of collectors. So reading what Spectropop subscribers say about White Whale and Del-Fi makes particularly intriguing reading. Am currently researching Ritchie Adams who was lead vocalist of The Fireflies (YOU WERE MINE in 1959 on Ribbon) and then cut some solo singles on Beltone, the east coast label which got off to a great start in '61 with Bobby Lewis's million-selling TOSSIN' AND TURNIN', written by Ritchie along with Malou Rene, the wife of Beltone's musical director, Joe Rene. Ritchie the artist later switched to Imperial amongst other labels. Finally, a version of a Bonner & Gordon song which maybe not everyone knows...check out CELEBRATE by those grand old Londoners known as Uriah Heep! Bye for now, Harry the Hipster! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Elusive Butterfly Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: WASE RADIO, wxxxxorg To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com This is for Jimmy Botticelli: Petula Clark did a cover version of "Elusive Butterfly" on her "My Love" album released back in 1966. I used to work at another station that had a copy of this album. Come to think about it, the record belonged to one of my co-workers. I heard it once. It is a nice cover. The album is in mono, and unfortunately it is out of print. Good luck in finding a copy. Michael Marvin Kool 103.5 Wase Elizabethtown, Ky. P.S. Diane, we play "Navy Blue" here and I love it. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Elusive Butterflies Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Camotes, Camoxxxxne.net To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Jimmy Botticelli wrote: >Does anyone know of any other covers of "Elusive >Butterfly"? ********************** Aretha Franklin does a version of the Bob Lind classic on her Soul '69 album. I think it's great, tho no one else I've played the song for thinks so. Paul Roehl --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Elusive Butterfly Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Jamie LePage, le_page_xxxxies.com To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com DJJimmyxxxxm wrote: >the melody and arrangement of the song are in a room of >their own. Funny that. The "room" you speak of is perhaps Gold Star? Sure sounds like Gold Star & the "clique" to my ears. God, I love the Nitzsche strings on this record. Elusive Butterfly sounds simply glorious in stereo, by the way, with the strings on one side isolated from the rhythm track on the other. I have the R.E.D. Tracks book in front of me, and it lists the following recordings (note that this reference book is NOT definitive - it only purports to list currently available recordings, and even then there are many oversights). Bachelors - Collection Glen Campbell - 20 Golden Pieces (bet this is an interesting version) Val Doonican - Oldies but Goodies Vol 2 Aretha Franklin - Soul 69 Dolly Parton - The Collection I also discovered that Bobby Vee covered this on his "30 Big Hits of the '60's" LP, produced by Dave Pell. Bet this is interesting too. Never heard any of 'em, but I can't imagine the Bob Lind version being topped. Lind's recording simply has to be Gold Star and the "clique". The delay on the rhythm track and the reverb on the strings are SO reminiscent of latter day Philles-era Spector. >the lyrics charmingly and naively 6T's Hippie-Sensibility >bordering on the exploitative... The hippy trippy lyric doesn't diminish the fact that this has all the qualities of a pure LA mid-sixties production recorded by top notch players. This track is wonderful! A great personal fave. Jamie --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: European copyright laws Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Ian Chapman, iandxxxxnet.co.uk To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com John Rausch wrote: >I understand that overseas, after a certain time lapses, >the copyright is not effective, hence so many import cds of >very hard to find recordings (here in the States). Many sound >as if they were taken directly from a vinyl source. John: It's not the case in the UK, where copyright laws still stand, but it certainly is true of many other European countries, especially Belgium, where a good many of those import CDs you mention originate. That country seems to churn out artists compilations by the truckload, most, as you say, originating from vinyl sources, with no regard to the artist or whoever owns the rights to the recordings. Some of the packaging can be inventive too.......I remember quite recently being shown a Euro compilation of tracks by Australian girl Patsy Ann Noble. The liner notes seemed strangely familiar........then I realised they'd lifted a bio I'd written on Patsy Ann in "That Will Never Happen Again"! Just photocopied the whole piece exactly as it appeared in the mag, shrunk it to fit a CD sleeve, and hey, presto! Instant liner notes! Ian --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Gretchen re: Bob Crewe Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Gretchen Christopher, Fleetwxxxxm To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Mention of Bob Crewe reminds me that he and I met at the BMI Million Airs Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the late '80's. Among other honorees, I was there as a writer of "Come Softly To Me" which had been broadcast over a million times in the USA alone. (That had been acknowledged in the '70's; in the '90's I received another award for it being broadcast over 2 million times.) He said he'd like to write with me. I didn't know who he was, only that he was remarkably good looking, and I didn't know whether to take him seriously. I asked someone else his name, since he'd said he'd like to write with me. I think they said I should. In any case, I was due to fly back to Seattle (and Olympia) soon and did not take it upon myself to explore the possibility. Hearing what Diane Renay (cute smiley face, Diane) and others have written about him, I wish I had! Gretchen Christopher AKA: The Fleetwoods PS: Feel free to pass my message and e-mail address on to him! --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Lee Hazlewood live at the Royal Festival Hall Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Rough Trade Shop, dexxxxrade.com To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com hello pop 'uns, Just thought I'd mention that I went to see Lee Hazlewood on Monday at the Royal Festival Hall. He was absolutely fantastic!!!! I would imagine that a fair amount of you are fans if only through his stuff with nancy sinatra. He did a great set combining songs from his new album (covers of 20s/30s jazz stuff), songs that people would know really well (the fool, medley of 'nancy' hits...) and some old stuff that you wouldn't know unless you had some of the rare albums (or someone had taped them for you). Highlights for me were 'the fool', 'feathers', 'pray them bars away', 'dolly parton's guitar'. He also did a super sleazy slow version of 'whole lotta shakin going on' (far superior to the recorded version he did). All the songs were interspersed with little stories and chatter which was great cos it explained some of the songs and also his voice is just so great to listen to! I'm suprised that he doesn't do voiceovers (hey maybe he does??????????) His backing band was mostly Swedish but Al Casey was on guitar and he was cool too (he did two of his own songs when Lee went off for a while for a whisky break......) The support was the harry dean stanton band which was kinda interesting but not really my cup of tea (too bar band rockabilly) except for two Italian songs he did with just guitar and accordion which were fantastic. Anyway, if Lee ever plays again (this was his first time for 25 years !!) I can really recommend it.... xxx delia xxxx p.s. Theres a cool compilation of french pop stuff that just came in called 'atomic cafe' anyone heard it?? its got some stuff i've heard by brigitte bardot, france gall, antoine etc, but also some great stuff I haven't.... Rough Trade Record Shop web site http://www.roughtrade.com The Family Way website http://www.roughtrade.com/family/index.html to subscribe to the rough trade shop new releases mailing list or the rough trade news and charts list or the neals yard eclectic list send an email to listserxxxxrade.com and enter "subscribe" "newreleases" "news" or "nealsnew" and "your name" (or nickname) in the body of the email. eg. subscribe newreleases laura Rough Trade shop, 130 Talbot Road, London , W11 1JA. U.K. --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: First 8 bars Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly, docroxxxxom To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com "WILLIAM STOS"
wrote: >And Diane,that`s interesting what you mention about using >the first 8 bars=no royalties. > >Here's something a little interesting. On my radio >station, we're allowed to play the first 30 seconds of a >song without writing it down on our playlists. Here's something also interesting. In 17 years, I never had to write down ANY songs I played on the air! Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: Doc Rock/Diane Renay - fanzines Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Michael "Doc Rock" Kelly, docroxxxxom To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com "WILLIAM STOS" wrote: >What would you say is the most popular song used in >jingles? My guess would be Wild Thing. Well, Will, preliminarily speaking, I'd say "Peter Gunn." A full analysis will take some time. Doc --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Re: VDP's singles Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Stewart Mason, flamixxxxom To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Tobias asks: >[VDP] >>such an outburst. So instead I yelled out "Do 'Come to the >>Sunshine'!" (just kidding). > >You should've done that! Man, I was *so* let down when >the Song Cycle reissue came out and CTTS wasn't >included....I never understood that, why all his sixties' >singles were left off... The guy who runs Drag City Records was recently profiled in MOJO -- he asked Van Dyke Parks himself if his label could release a compilation of his early singles. VDP's response was apparently, "No, I was doing too many drugs in those days and consequently, the singles are not up to my standards." I doubt they'll be reissued in Van Dyke's lifetime. Stewart --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: The Tams Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Richard Globman, rglobxxxxm.net To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Sort of an interesting tidbit. The Tams, originally from Atlanta, had quite a few hits in the southeast in the mid to late '60's. They included What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am), I've Been Hurt, Silly Little Girl, and the beach music standard "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy." Unfortunately all the original members except one (Robert Smith) have either passed away or retired. About a month ago, I had the opportunity to hear the group in Auburn, Alabama. And...about two weeks ago I saw them again in Charlotte....with 5 completely different guys! After the Charlotte show I caught up with Robert...we knew each other from years ago because The Tams and the band I used to play with played many of the same venues...and asked him about this. Robert just laughed and told me that the group has so many bookings that they have 3 different Tams lineups. He heads up one, Joe Pope's (Joe was the original lead singer with the gravely voice who died about 4 years ago) "baby" brother heads up another, and...get this...Joe's grandson heads up the third. Kinda interesting, I thought. DICKYG --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- Subject: Various Received: 07/02/99 12:31 am From: Carol Kaye, carolkxxxxink.net To: Spectropop List, spectroxxxxies.com Jamie, please give my best to Brian Wilson and the Wondermints (and Jeff Foskett) when you see them. I recorded one side for the Wondermints (on Bali CD) fine talents, good guys, really enjoyed them and they have the greatest respect and admiration for Brian and his music -- just knew that would be a good backup band for Bri and also was greatly impressed w/Jeff Foskett. Wonderful. BW never mentioned those names [Baxter/Denny] as far back as I can remember, he could have, it just doesn't ring a bell w/me. I have recorded w/Martin Denny just a little (Don Randi said he did too, and in fact played some of the piano things.....just quoting what he said), and I worked quite a few of the Les Baxter film scoring dates for him. Les was a fine arranger in those styles of music, pleasant to work for tho' sometimes a task-master (trying to get so much music recorded in a short time etc.). I first started to make a sliding mistake on Bob Lind's "Elusive Butterfly" - the producer loved what was accidently played, and requested that I play more of that...so my trademark slide got its start there (from almost making a mistake....it was kind of a long time on certain same chords). And I also happily played on the Lettermen's "Hurt So Bad" lp, they were great to work for, absolutely. Tony was hilarious with his humor. Carol Kaye http://www.carolkaye.com/ --------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------- End
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